Continuing with the “My Sewing Room” series, today I wanted to show you all about my main sewing machine, the Juki 2000. This is the machine I do all of my piecing on and the majority of my binding. There is NOT a single thing about it that I would change. I can’t wat to tell you all the reasons I love it and show you some of it’s handiest features!
Just a head’s up, I do not work for, collaborate with, being gifted any products or discounts on this machine. I paid full price for it and this is just a helpful review.
I first bought this machine in January of 2017 while my then sewing machine was in the shop. I needed some big repair that was going to take awhile and couldn’t live without a machine in the meantime. So on a whim, I bought the Juki 2000 from Amazon.
I won’t be able to describe just how shocking the change actually was. At the time I was sewing everything on a Bernina 550 that cost me somewhere in the vicinity of $3500. And let me just tell you that my Bernina was smooth as butter and had every bell and whistle I could afford. I always loved that machine.
But after sewing on the Juki 2000, I had a lightbulb moment and a realization that there are machines that do certain tasks really well. And I should be delegating those certain tasks to specific machines (since I was now in the possession of two machines).
I was so impressed by how capable the Juki was at piecing patchwork, I could never go back to the other machine for it. I ended up delegating the Bernina to free motion quilting only.
Highlights of the Juki
There’s A LOT of yummy features that make the Juki 2000 an outstanding machine in my opinion, but I’ll list them below in the order of their importance to me.
- Speed – This thing can do 1500 stitches a minute. You can’t understand how great that is or how often you need that (chain piecing, binding) until you get used to it and then go back to a computerized machine.
- Automatic thread cutter on the foot pedal – NO, I do not mean a button you have to press on the machine (although it does have that too). Been there, done that, and this is better! This will make your workflow smoother and make you quicker. Press the foot pedal and your machine starts sewing, but press the opposite side of the pedal with your heel and it cuts the thread for you. This takes a bit of getting used to it and a while to remember it’s even there. I actually found this feature by accident. I’m curious as to why it’s not every single machine made.
- Sleekness and smoothness – You know how you turn the machine on and you have to wait for everything to actually come on to get going, the Juki doesn’t do that nonsense. You know how there’s always this little pause after everything you do on your computerized machine, whenever you swap a stitch, backspace, whatever… the Juki doesn’t do any of that. There are NO pauses, no waiting. There’s no computer in this thing and that means there’s nothing to annoy you.
- Body shape – The body of the Juki is sleek. The neck of the machine is narrow. You won’t need to crouch down to do anything at the needle area. It’s all metal too! No bulky plastic. The throat measures just over 8″. That’s some serious space if you plan on free motioning on it.
- Knee lift – Before this machine I never used a knee lift (raises foot with knee), but after using it, I would never be able to back to a machine that didn’t have one. It will be a big helpful ease to your workflow.
A couple of cons
I don’t think these are cons, BUT if you are coming from a computerized machine there are a few things that you might have to get used to…
- Straight stitch only – Yep, it does one stitch. Although it does that really well. There are no decorative stitches, no zig zag. JUST A STRAIGHT STITCH.
- Manual – It’s a manual machine, meaning you do everything yourself. There’s no computer telling your tension should be or making those adjustments for you. You change your needle… you’re probably going to have to adjust the tension.
Will it free motion quilt? Yes, and it does it very nicely. My first Juki came with the darning foot (needed for FMQ), but my second didn’t. So depending on the package you get with your Juki purchase, you may have to purchase that foot.
Does it come with a walking foot? Yes, mine did, but do check your package details to be sure. I don’t ever use this foot though.
Does it come with a 1/4″ foot? No, but mine came with a 1/5″ foot, which is the equivalent of a scant quarter inch foot. It’s very handy! However, you can get the 1/4″ foot if you prefer here.
If you purchase any add on feet, be sure you are purchasing the TL series. Juki has several different styles of machines.
What machine would I get if I could upgrade the Juki 2000? The Juki 150QVP, maybe. I’ve sewn on that one and it has everything the 2000 offers, but even better. It also includes more than just the straight stitch. Although I’m not sure it would fit into my desk…
Get the Juki 2000qi here on Amazon, or here at Sewing Machine Plus. (affiliate links).
Have a questions? Ask me below.